Iowa State University (ISU)

Ames, IA

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Iowa State University

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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Animal Breeding
Agricultural Mechanization
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Animal Sciences
Crop Production
Dairy Science
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Food Science
Forest Sciences and Biology
Horticultural Science
Livestock Management
Soil Science and Agronomy
Wildlands, Fish and Wildlife Management and Science

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Christian Studies
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Creative Writing
Divinity, Ministry, Seminary (BD, MDiv)
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
French Language and Literature
General Music
General Studies
German Language and Literature
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Product and Industrial Design
Professional, Technical, Business and Scientific Writing
Religion/Religious Studies
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature
Theology/Theological Studies
Visual and Performing Arts


Major Bachelors Masters
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
Business Administration and Management
Business/Corporate Communications
Business/Managerial Economics
Construction Management
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Fashion/Apparel Design
Hospitality Management and Administration
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management
Meeting and Event Planning
Operations Management and Supervision
Other Accounting and Related Services
Other Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Other Marketing
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Restaurant & Food Services
Tourism, Travel, and Hotel Services Management
Transportation/Transportation Management

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Animation, Interactive Media, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Commercial & Advertising Art
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communications Technology/Technician
Design & Visual Communications
Film/Video & Cinematography
Graphic Design
Other Computer Software and Media Applications
Recording Arts Technology
Web Page, Digital Multimedia, Information Resources, and Graphic Design

Cosmetology & Beauty

Major Bachelors Masters
Esthetician & Skin Care
Hair Styling & Hair Design
Make-Up Artist/Specialist
Manicurist/Nail Specialist

Culinary Arts & Food Service

Major Bachelors Masters
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Arts


Major Bachelors Masters
Agricultural Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership and Administration
Elementary Education and Teaching
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education
Special Education and Teaching
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor


Major Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Software Engineering
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering/Industrial Management
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Electrical Technician
Systems Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Apparel and Textiles
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
Family Resource Management Studies
Family and Community Services
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Other Health and Physical Education/Fitness

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Clinical/Medical Lab. Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) and Licensed Vocational Nurse Training (LVN)
Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Massage
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator
Medical Insurance/Biller
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Nursing Administration
Nursing Assistant / Aide and Patient Care Assistant / Aide
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems (Holistic Medicine)
Other Nursing
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant
Surgical Technologist
Ultrasound Technician

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Human Computer Interaction
Nutrition Sciences
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Court Reporting
Legal Administrative Assistant
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Plant Physiology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Materials, Condensed Matter and Solid State Physics

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
Firefighter, Fireman and Firefighting Science
Forensic Science and Technology
Homeland Security (DHS, National Security Policy, Disaster Planning and Intelligence)
Human Services
Other Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Paramilitary, and Related Protective Services

Skilled Trades

Major Bachelors Masters
Aircraft Maintenance
Autobody Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Building Property Management and Maintenance
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician (HAC, HACR, HVAC, HVACR)
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Welding Technology/Welder

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Geographic Information Systems and Cartography (GIS)
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Political Science and Government
Sport Psychology
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Administration

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Computer Systems Technology
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
Other Engineering Technologies/Technicians


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Repair and Installation Technology, Technician
Computer Science
Computer and Information Systems Security, Information Assurance (CIS, Internet Security)
Information Technology
Network and System Administration / Administrator
Other Computer Programming
Other Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Telecommunications Technology
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Transportation Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology
Truck and Bus Driver, Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor (Trucking)

Veterinary Medicine

Major Bachelors Masters
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Veterinary Preventive Medicine Epidemiology and Public Health (Cert, MS, PhD)
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant

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ISU Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 310 Reviews

70% of students gave Iowa State University 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

Academics Rating

ISU has various class sizes, from four hundred person lectures to small classes of twenty students. Almost all of the professors genuinely want to help you learn and are enthusiastic and knowledgable about their courses. Most professors also have a teaching assistant that can answer questions and help students. Many of the professors here also conduct research, publish books or studies, and talk publicly about their work. The workload depends on the class but it is manageable. There are also many different resources for academic help such as tutors and resource centers.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Academics Rating

I've had a wide variety of classes, from lectures of 300 people to small 18 people classrooms, but all have been thorough learning environments. Even in lectures, they try to interact with students and make sure everyone is understanding the material.

ISU Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 2.70
Retention Rate 86%
Minimum GPA to Graduate 2.00
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in June.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Weekend College
  • External Degree Programs

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Domestic Exchange Schools
  • Washington Semester (American University)
  • Other: Traveling Scholars Program.

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Home Economics
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technology

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Theology
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Other: clinical lab sciences, cytotechnology, dental hygiene, health info management, hospital/health administration

Class Sizes at Iowa State University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 30%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 12%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 50%
  • 100+ Students: 8%
Fewer than 20 Students 30%
50 - 100 Students 12%
20 - 49 Students 50%
100+ Students 8%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 73
  • Unknown and Other: 12
  • Asian: 11
  • Latino: 3
  • African American: 2
Caucasian 73
Unknown and Other 12
Asian 11
Latino 3
African American 2

Faculty at Iowa State University

Total Faculty 2,313
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 18
Full-Time Professors 5,513
Male Faculty 1,403
Part-Time Professors 769
Women Faculty 910

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